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Norm of the North PosterThis week at the movies, a big polar bear heads to New York, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube re-team for “Ride Along 2,” and John Krasinski goes beyond the call in “13 Hours.” Let’s take a closer look at new movies in theaters.

NORM OF THE NORTH

PG for mild rude humor and action | In Theaters 1/15 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | Norm of the North

A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there’s no room for tourists in the Arctic! But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm (Rob Schneider) does what all normal polar bears would do … he heads to New York City to stop it.

With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business, and a big identity crisis to save the day.

Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Ken Jeong and Loretta Devine voice characters in this cute animated comedy directed by Trevor Wall.

RIDE ALONG 2

PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material | In Theaters 1/15 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Ride Along 2

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of “Ride Along 2,” the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us 2014’s most popular comedy duo (they really are very funny).

As his wedding day approaches, Ben (Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Cube) to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

Tim Story directs, with Olivia Munn, Nadine Velazquez, Ken Jeong and Tyrese Gibson also starring.

13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI

R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language | In Theaters 1/15 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | 13 Hours

This adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book centers on the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound, along with nearby CIA station “The Annex,” in Benghazi, Libya.

A team of six American security operators went beyond the call of duty with courage and heroism to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. This is their personal account of what happened during the 13 hours of that now-infamous attack.

Directed by Michael Bay, this movie stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, David Denman and Pablo Schreiber.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.

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